Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan dismisses impact of Brexit

Venki RamakrishnanNobel Prize winning scientist Venki Ramakrishnan who is also President of the Royal Society, UK’s academy of science, said he has seen no evidence of a negative impact on Britain’s scientific community as a result of the UK’s vote to leave the EU. Britain which is one of the most tolerant places in the world will continue to attract foreign academics to its shores, regardless of Brexit, he says.

The reality is that the UK is a strong science country. Ramakrishnan said ‘his lab has people from all over the world, and that is not going to change as a result of the referendum’

British researchers and scientists receive some 1 billion pounds a year from EU funding schemes, and a number of academics had issued pleas in favour of remaining within the economic block.

The Tamil born Cambridge based biologist took charge of the Royal Society as Britain’s first Indian origin president in 2015. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2012. The research for \which Professor Venki shared the 2009 Nobel commenced in the US where he spent much of his working life before moving to Cambridge in 1999. He shared the prize with Thomas Steitz of Yale varsity and Ada Yonath of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Jerusalem.